Chico State Pulls Out All the Stops for Wildcat Weekend

With nearly 30 events taking place over three days in October, Chico State has a weekend to remember.

From Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8, the University will host and partner with the City of Chico for Wildcat Weekend, led by the signature events Homecoming, Alumni and Family Weekend, and Chico Preview Day. Each day includes a wide range of events to showcase the university’s academic and cultural achievements while celebrating its connection to the city.

Jay Friedman, director of Chico State’s Office of Alumni of Parent Engagement, noted that the return of a homecoming-style event to the university is an excellent time for alumni and their families, as well as current and prospective students, to spend some time with the to bring the wider community together to celebrate and experience firsthand what Chico State has to offer.

“Alumni and Family Weekend is the only time of year that we invite all of our alumni back to campus,” Friedman said. “This provides them with an opportunity to see the new buildings and lab space, to reconnect with faculty and staff, and to network with our current students.”

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Visit the Wildcat Weekend website for the entire three-day event listing. Here are some highlights:


Events begin Thursday at University Soccer Stadium when the Chico State soccer teams host conference opponents Cal State East Bay — the men’s start at 4:30 p.m. and the women’s start at 7:00 p.m

The Chico Chapter Fall Event will be held at the Meriam Park Barn at 1930 Market Place from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, with fan favorites The Kelly Twins providing their talent and hugely popular dueling piano show. Tickets are $10 each and include hors d’oeuvres – a hosted bar will also be available. Tickets are now available.


Events begin at 9am with Joy of Learning. This virtual event, which can be viewed on Chico State’s Facebook page or Livestream page, will highlight the university’s exceptional faculty and educate and inspire the Chico State community with engaging lectures.

“We will learn about the neuroscience of reward, empathy in architectural design, and superheroes in animal nutrition, among many other fascinating topics,” said Gayle Hutchinson, Chico State President. “This extraordinary teach-in is always a highlight of the fall semester and this year will be no different.”

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Tours of the 2,000-acre University Farm are available from 2pm to 4pm. The farm is located at 311 Nicholas C. Shouten Lane in Chico and pre-registration is required to take the tour.

Following this, the Chico State Women’s Philanthropy Council will host an “Evening with Women in Agriculture,” a discussion moderated by Cindy Daley, director of the College of Agriculture’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems. The discussion will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the ARTS Recital Hall with a group of Chico State graduate students working in the agribusiness

Finally, the University and the Downtown Chico Business Association are partners for The Art and Wine Walk. The event begins at 5 p.m. and includes many participating businesses in downtown Chico.

Other on-campus events include a free screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Glenn Lawn at 6:00 p.m., the Chico State School of the Arts’ performance of “Cabaret” at the Harlen Adams Theater at 7:30 p.m. and “The Princess Bride: An Evening beyond imagination with Cary Elwes” by Chico Performances at the Laxson Auditorium at 7:30pm

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Wildcat Preview starts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering campus tours and introducing prospective students and their families to everything the university has to offer. This will be followed by an alumni and family weekend BBQ on the Kendall Hall Lawn from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person and include a BBQ lunch, games and more. Live music entertains visitors from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

Later, Chico State’s Gateway Science Museum will be hosting “Science Rocks!” benefit gala from 6-9 p.m. – tickets available now. And for those who want to explore the great outdoors at night, the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve hosts a full moon forest swim at 6:30 p.m

In addition, visitors can enjoy Friday and Saturday campus art tours at Kendall Hall and the Janet Turner Print Museum, as well as exhibits at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology and the Gateway Science Museum.

Those who need housing to attend on-campus events or have accessibility questions can contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.

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